Born on January 25, 1973, Geoff Johns has contributed greatly as a television producer, comic book writer, and screenwriter. He is an American-based writer who has created DC characters like ‘Superman‘, ‘Aquaman‘, and ‘Flash‘.
As a television producer, he worked on the ‘Justice League’, ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Shazam!’, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, and ‘Wonder Woman’ movies as either an executive producer or a producer.
His work as a co-writer in Aquaman is quite renowned. He also produced that film in 2018 along with rendering the screenplay for the movie Wonder Woman in 2020.
He was the man behind DC Entertainment’s success. He made it the eleventh highest-grossing film franchise of all time with his skills as an executive, producer, and writer. With John’s involvement, the DC Extended Universe franchise has grossed over $5.6 billion at the global box office.
One of his written and produced films, Aquaman is the highest-grossing film to date in the franchise. So, he worked as a Chief Creative Officer and President of DC Entertainment from 2010 to 2018 and 2016 to 2018 respectively.
|Real Name||Geoff Johns|
|Profession||Producer, Writer, Screenwriter.|
|Date of Birth||25 January 1973|
|Age (as of 2022)||49 years|
|Birthplace||Detroit, Michigan, the United States of America|
|School||Clarkson High School|
|College/University||Michigan State University|
|Educational Qualification||Degree in Screenwriting, Media Arts, Film Theory and Film Production|
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|Debut||STARS and S.T.R.I.P.E|
|Awards||Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production|
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Parents||Father- Fred Johns
Mother- Barbara Johns
|Siblings||Sister- Courtney Johns|
|Net Worth [approx.]||$5 million|
Early Life and Family
Born on January 25, 1973, to Barbara and Fred Johns, Geoff Johns was brought up in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in the suburbs of Grosse Pointe and Clarkston, Geoff and his brother were fascinated by the copies of 1960s and 1970s Superman, Green Lantern, and The Flash. These were discovered by them in their grandmother’s attic.
The first-ever comic books that he bought were The Flash #348 or 349 and Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 or 4. In Traverse City, he started promoting a comic shop eventually. The writer recalled how The Flash #348 or 349 was his favorite character.
He eventually collected a lot of comics which led him to move towards DC comics initially and later to Drew Comics and Vertigo. Geoff had a younger sister named Courtney who died in a mishap. Later, he created the famous superheroine Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl in remembrance of her since she was a victim of the TWA Flight 800 crash.
Geoff Johns graduated in 1991 from Clarkston High School where he pursued subjects like screenwriting and media arts. At Michigan State University, he pursued film theory and film production and graduated in 1995. Later, it was said that he moved to Los Angeles, California.
Geoff Johns’s Career
In his early days, Johns was in search of an internship and he was lucky to get it from Richard Donner, the director. He cold-called the office of the director, Donner picked up the phone by accident, leading to a conversation and the internship. Initially, he started off by copying the scripts.
Johns began his career by copying scripts, and about two months later, he was hired as a production assistant for Donner and Johns started regarding him as his mentor.
During the production of Donner’s 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, Johns visited New York City for the first time, where he met DC Comics personnel Eddie Berganza, which again sparked his childhood interest in comics.
Later, Johns was invited by Berganza for a tour of DC Comics offices, where Johns was also offered a post in DC Comics to suggest ideas, and from there Johns suggested the idea of Stars and S.T.R.I.PE which was a series based on a Star-Spangled girl and her stepdad.
Johns was going to write “on the side” Comics but before that, he met David Goyer and James Robinson, who were working on JSA at that time.
When David and James heard the idea of Stars and S.T.R.I.PE, Johns was offered a job for co-writing on JSA in 2000. That’s why Johns gives the credit for his entry into the comics industry to him and Mike Carlin.
During that same year, Johns also became a regular writer for the ongoing The Flash series with issue 164. When John worked on The Flash series, he showcased various elements in his stories like some aspects of his hometown, which explains, “When I wrote The Flash, I turned Keystone City to Detroit, and made it a car town. I made a lot of characters from Detroit. I try to think self-made, blue-collar heroes represent Detroit. Wally West’s Flash was like that. I took inspiration from the city and the citizens there and used it in the books.” Johns’ Flash run concluded in #225.
He also did a co-writing job in a Beast Boy limited series in the year 2000, where he worked with Ben Raab and made the “Return to Krypton” Story arc in Superman which was titled with Pasqual Ferry in the year 2002.
Then, he also started writing the Avengers vol. 3 #57-76 between October 2002-February 2004, he also wrote icons like The Vision #1-4 (Oct. 2002-Jan. 2003) for Marvel Comics, Johns also observed the re-launch of Teen Titans and Hawkman.
Johns and Kurt Busiek co-wrote the “Up, Up and Away!” A story arc in Superman and Action Comics in the year 2006. For writing on the “Last Son” storyline in Action Comics, he reunited with Richard Donner where Richard and his former assistant handled all the co-plotting.
Then, in February 2007, Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham started a series called The Justice Society of America, six months later, he and Jeff Katz launched the new Booster Gold series. In that same year, Johns led the Sinestro Corps War storyline titled the Green Lantern.
He also wrote the “Final Crisis” one-shot “Rage of the Red Lanterns” collaborating with Gary Frank with the help of artist Shane Davis on Action Comics. Then, he and Frank worked on the “Brainiac” Storyline where Jonathan Kent who was Superman’s adopted father died, and they retold Superman’s origin story in Superman: Secret Origin which was launched in 2009.
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In 2009, Johns also worked with Ethan Van Sciver on The Flash: Rebirth where the center of the story was the return of Barry Allen as The Flash, they also wrote the “Blackest Night” limited series.
In 2010, after observing Johns work as the Blue Lantern Corps, the Red Lantern Corps, and the Indigo Tribe, DC Comics writer, Paul Levitz the executive stated that;
“Johns’ one of the sharpest additions to DC mythology is the notion that Green Lanterns are but one color within the rainbow. Spectrum and the other hues have champions of their own. Inventing new concepts and folding the older ones, Johns has established the beginning of limitless story possibilities.”
Johns was named the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment on February 18, 2010, to make the DC Comics brand the largest brand across all the media platforms.
After being given the position, Johns promised in a statement that this promotion will not impact his writing. After that, he also partnered with Peter Tomasi and they together wrote the Brightest Day series.
Marv Wolfman and Johns were now the main writers of the DC Universe Online. In 2011, a very famous role-playing multiplayer online game was launched by DC.
Relationship, Wife, and Children
He was married to Anissa Dorsey. As of now, there is no information available about his children. There is not much information on his private life.
According to our research, it is revealed that Groff Johns is worth $5 million. There is not much information given in regards to his assets and income, but we do know that he lives in his grand house.
Interesting Facts about Geoff Johns
- Geoff Johns said in a 2010 interview that his favorite comic of all time is The Flash.
- He credits reading James Robinson’s The Golden Age as the inspiration that led him to create characters and venture into writing on JSA. It is also the book responsible for his love of the characters featured in the book.
- He is also a comic book retailer who co-owns Earth-2 Comics in Northridge, California, with Carr D’Angelo.